Base Training vs. High Intensity: Part 1

base training vs. high intensity

Base Training vs. High Intensity Training: Where to Begin

In recent years, High Intensity Training has been growing in popularity at the expense of a traditional base building training model.  And its pretty obvious why it has become so popular.

Who wouldn’t want to be able ride further and faster on less training time?

Its backed by scientists and experts, who say you can get all the same benefits of a traditional base in less time.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Maybe you are thinking about forgoing all those long, slow miles that are needed to build a good base in favor of this new, quick method to peak performance.  Or maybe you are a little skeptical, seeing it as a fade or shortcut much like many popular diets.

Over the next couple of days, I will explore the issue of base training vs. high intensity training.  In this series, we will look at the pros and cons of each training method and than summarize it all nicely for those who are looking for shortcuts.

Part 1 is this introduction.

Part 2 will examine traditional base training.

Part 3 will look at high intensity training as an alternative to traditional base training.

And Part 4 will conclude this series with a summary of the base training vs. high intensity training debate.

To clarify something, the base training vs. high intensity training discussion is about if low volume, high intensity is an adequate substitute for high volume, low intensity for building aerobic endurance.  High intensity interval training has its place, but is that during the months of January and February?

Why Trust The Wannabe Racer?

Why should you trust The Wannabe Racer for training advice?

I am no expert.  I have no accreditation or years of experience.

What I do have is a university education that has provided me with the necessary research skills to do the hard work for you.  I will sort through the arguments on both sides of the base training vs. high intensity training debate and present them in such a way that you will be able to decide what is best for you.  But obviously I am also going to throw my opinion into the mix.

So before we get going on this series, what are your thoughts?  What side of the base training vs. high intensity training debate do you stand on?

Base Training vs. High Intensity Training: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4

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